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Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History) Paperback – 1 Jan 1996


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: James Currey (1 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852553994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852553992
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
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... This is a bold and important work, likely to be influential despite its flaws... - John Lonsdale in JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORY ... This is an important book, which deserves wide attention and application by anyone seeking to support sustainable changes within the context of political and institutional reform in Africa - Adam Leach in DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE ... a provocative, detailed account of the colonial and post-colonial history of the interaction between African states and societies. - Jeff Haynes in THE JOURNAL OF COMMONWEALTH & COMPARATIVE POLITICS ... Mahmood Mamdani's book simultaneously aims to theorize a specifically African form of state, to account for its colonial origins and post-colonial trajectories (and their contributions to Africa's crisis), and to derive from this analysis some key ideas about - and for - democratic politics in Africa today. His original argument is the most potent given the relative sterility of debate since the collapse of the post-independence project of national development. - Henry Bernstein in DEVELOPMENT & CHANGE ... This line of argument is provocative, even inspiring... - Bill Freund in THE JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES

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In this provocative analysis of the obstacles to democratization in post-independence Africa, Mahmood Mamdani offers a bold, insightful account of colonialism's legacy: a bifurcated power that mediated racial domination through tribally organized local authorities, reproducing racial identity in citizens and ethnic identity in subjects. By tapping authoritarian possibilities in culture, and by giving culture an authoritarian bent, British indirect rule (decentralized despotism) set the pace for Africa; other colonial powers followed suit, South Africa being the last. Apartheid, Mamdani maintains, was actually the generic form of the colonial state in Africa. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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